Corporate Social Responsibility and International Development
|Lecture hours per week||3|
|Lab hours per week|
This course takes a critical look at the link between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and international development, and the how CSR has been implemented increasingly by partnership between the business and the development sectors. The first half of the course focuses on the debate of whether business is the solution: using the CSR route, business can have a larger role to play in international development. The discussion will include the debate on what CSR is and where it is going; failures and success of CSR among corporations; philanthropy versus CSR; poverty and supply chain issues; limitations of international agencies; and socially responsible investment in developing countries. Students learn how corporations can become more involved in development by taking actions inside and outside the company, which ultimately will be in their best interest.